Providence, Lifespan partner on CPR, First Aid Certification for City Employees

Providence and Lifespan Partner to Provide CPR and First Aid Certification for City Employees

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge Elorza Tuesday thanked healthcare company Lifespan for providing CPR and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification and training to 18 employees of the City of Providence.

“I thank Lifespan for providing the training and providing the employees the skills that can help save a life,” said Mayor Elorza. “Having city employees know how to use an AED as well as administer CPR is an added security if a situation arises.”

The 3-hour hands-on training focused on cardio pulmonary resuscitation for infants, children, and adults. Participants also learned how to use an AED and how to assist someone when they are choking. 

“Over 325,000 sudden cardiac events occur outside the hospital every year in the US,” said Cardiac Project Coordinator at Lifespan Community Health Services Marianne Stepanian.  “Bystander CPR can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival.”

The training is a certified American Heart Association Heartsaver AED course and the 18 participants will be certified in both CPR and AED for 2 years.

The program was a partnership between the Providence Public Safety Commissioner’s Office, The Department of Public Property and Lifespan.  

(release from City of Providence)